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Tracing the digital social impact of a research project

Getting cited by other researchers is a welcome indication that your work has an impact on your field. Increasingly, however, researchers in the social sciences and humanities are asked how their work impacts society in broader ways and beyond academia.

Last week, I finished a project on the wider societal impact of a large research project carried out by my colleagues at the Centre for Youth Research (CeFU). The centre is committed to an increased focus on how their research makes a difference for the young people they study and society more generally. But how do you measure that?

Digital media come with new opportunities for data collection and analysis. One way of exploiting these opportunities is to deploy various digital methods - a growing interdisciplinary field associated with science and technology studies (STS) and media research. In the words of Richard Rogers of the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam (Rogers 2013:1), digital methods can be understood…